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The annual election of the Hamp3tead School Committee was held last night in the School, there being seventeen householders present. The Rev. (1. B. Inglis occupied the chair. Before proceeding with the election the Chairman read the annual report, of which the following are the main points:—Daring the year a good many changes took place. Messrs Cawsey and Marsden resigned from the Committee, and Messrs Thompson and Kerr were elected in their places. Messrs Brock and Colee resigned from the teaohing staff, their places being filled by Messrs MoLeod and Gates. The nq,w teachers have proved themselves eminently well qualified for their positions. Two pupil teachers passed their examination creditably, while Mr Stephens passed the Ist section of the B.A. degree, and Miss vVilliams the Matriculation. The annual excursion held at Timaru fell on a wet day, but passed off successfully. Tha attendance last year showed a decided improvement, the roll number being 304, with an average attendance of 267, against a roll number of 289, and an average of 252 in the previous year. The cadet system was introduced, and 37 joined the corps, this number being subsequently increased to 48, under Captain Gates and Lieut. Stephens, The thanks of the Committee are due to the gentleman who paid the expenses of a gymnastic instructor, The school property is now in good order, and the school in healthy condition. The incidental fund requires careful handling, the grant for maintenance being cut too fine. To ease the strain the Committee suggest that 6d a quarter be charged for stationery and fuel, j infants to pay nothing, and no parent to pay more than Is a quarter. It is j anticipated that £b a year would be raised by this means. The Committee has coEfideuce in the teachers, and feels that they are doing excellent work. The report was adopted on the motion of the Rev. E. Whitehouse and Mr S. Payne. The clause relating to the charge for stationery was referred to the new Committee for consideration. The balance sheet showed receipts from all sources including grant for salaries to be £840 2s lid, and the balanc9 in hand £22 9s Id. Mr McLeod moved a. vote of thanka to the committee, and in doing so thanked them for their kindness to the teaching staff during the year. The motion was seconded by the Re?. E. Whitehouse and oarried. Mr Ferriman brought up the question of the constant change in the school books used and the cost to. parents. Mr McLeod explained that the new sylku bus adopted last year involved a change throughout the colony, He gave a rous>h estimate of the cost of the books for each standard. A discussion ensued, the general opinion being that there should bo uniform texb books for each standard throughout each district at least. A circular was received from the New Zeiland Educational Institute relating to j the superannuation of teachers, The chairman illustrated the difficulty of obi taining male teachers at the present salaries. Better pay could be obtained for manual labour. Teachers' salaries were too small to allow of their insuring their lives or laying by money, and a superannuation scheme was necessary to provide for their old age. A resolution ia favour of the establishment of siuoh a scheme was adopted unanimously. A householder asked when the pri«es won at the combined school sports were going to be distributed, and Mr McLeod informed tha meeting that they would be handed over when the school reassembles next week. Nominations were then taken for the committee, there being ten nominations for nine vacahoies as follows:—Rev, G. B. Inglis, Messrs G. W. Andrews, S. Payne, F. Ferriman, W. Thompson, G. Bright, J. Kerr, W, T. Beaumont, C. Hopkins, and O. B@eoh. The nine first named were elected.

The Rev. G. B. Inglis, referring to the Inspector's report, characterised its comments as much too brief to be of any guidance to teachers, and this opinion was supported by those present. A meeting of the new committee was then hold. The R3v. G. B. IngHs wa3 reeleoted, Mr C. Hardy secretary, and Mrs Croabie caretaker.

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HAMPSTEAD SCHOOL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6554, 26 April 1905

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HAMPSTEAD SCHOOL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6554, 26 April 1905

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